Checking-In with Charles

By Torrey Sims
When I first met Charles Veniez at the American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 2012 Summer Conference in Denver, Colo., he was fresh on the scene and making his debut as Norment Security Group’s new CEO — now, after running into him at the 2013 ACA Winter Conference (being less than a year on the job), Veniez seemed like a seasoned veteran with the company.

Highlights of the ACA Facility Tours

The American Correctional Association’s (ACA) 2013 Winter Conference took place in Houston, Texas this year.

Iowa Governor Attempting to Close 10-year-old Prison

The Clinical Care Unit (CCU) at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison is about to be closed after only 10 years of use. The state spent $26 million to construct the 200-bed mental health facility but is now mothballing it in preparation for the opening of a new $117 million maximum-security prison.

Small Colorado Towns Brace for Devastating Prison Closures

A rapidly deteriorating prison population in Colorado is forcing state officials to consider closing prisons.

What You Missed at ACA Winter

The American Correctional Association (ACA) held its annual winter conference in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Jan. 25-30. Hundreds of exhibitors and attendees gathered to see the latest products, projects and people in the industry.

Texas Business Powerhouse Calls for Prison Reform

A very large political wind has shifted in the state of Texas. The Texas Association of Business (TAB), known as the most powerful business lobbying group in the Lone Star State, recently made criminal justice reform one of its main legislative priorities.

Plans Move Ahead in Georgia for Jail and Courthouse Project

A lot of change is set to happen in Forsyth County, as plans are moving forward on a major construction project. In early January, the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners were given plans for a new courthouse project and were also briefed on the plans to make it happen, including demolishing the current jail and building two parking garages instead of one.

DOJ and JCMSC Agreement Made in Memphis

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and officials in Memphis, Tenn., entered into an agreement to overhaul the juvenile justice system within Shelby County. The agreement comes after a prolonged battle that includes reports and claims of detainee mistreatment at the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County (JCMSC) by the DOJ.

Coming Soon: 2013 ACA Winter Conference

The American Correctional Association’s (ACA) annual winter conference is set to take place Jan. 25-30 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The conference will be complete with a full exhibit hall, panel hearings, meetings, workshops and correctional facility tours.

Industry Leaders Partner to Form CML RW Security

There is a lot of movement happening in Denver, as Mike Langersmith, president and CEO of CML Specialties Inc., recently announced the formation of a new banner company, CML RW Security. The new company, which will have its headquarters in Denver, will serve as a full-service detention equipment and security electronics contractor, and looks to expand its geographical outreach, according to a statement by the new company.